Have you ever wanted to invade the streets of Tampa in the truest Tampa fashion? AKA On a pirate ship! Tampa’s Bonney-Read Krewe is building a new Gasparilla parade float, but now they have to figure out what to do with their old one.
Okay, I know it’s not realistic to be able to drive a parade float regularly down Channelside Dr, but how cool would it be to be a real life pirate? Camille Matthews is forced to sell her old parade float in order to make room for the 2023 Gasparilla season. The “ship” is 33 feet long, holds about 25 people, and has plenty of storage. It is even equipped with bathrooms to make your Gasparilla experience a breeze. The ship is painted black with odes to Tampa sports with red, gold and blue trim.
Well if you ever wanted to participate in the historical Gasparilla parade look no further. This float is ready-to-buy and is going for $25,000 on eBay. Matthews explained this is quite the steal because building a new float could cost around SIX figures, and that’s if you know some people who can help you build. She believes that the float would be great for any new Tampa business that wants to participate in one of Tampa’s oldest traditions. Or if you have the space for it, it could make the most realistic playhouse for kids.
The float is stored in Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla’s Tampa warehouse, and Matthews is ready to show it to a prospective buyer anytime. Due to Covid, Gasparilla has been cancelled the past couple years but is believed to make a comeback in 2023.